Childhood’s End: Inventing the Transgalactic

** ADDS DETAILS ** This undated handout image provided by NASA, released Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2009, taken by the refurbished Hubble Space Telescope, shows a panoramic view of a colorful assortment of 100,000 stars residing in the crowded core of a giant star cluster, Globular Star Cluster Omega Centauri. (AP Photo/ NASA)

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Speed

  1. No speed without space. There is no way to address questions of speed or acceleration without also addressing the reorientation of space that coalesces with, gives rise to, and arises from them: doing so today means, at least, addressing not the earthly, not the worldly, not the global, but the planetary. Not the embedding of the local, the national, or the regional into a larger, more universal home, but the disembedding of environment as such into a properly transgalactic homelessness. Already, the subjective time of humans and humanity has been displaced by the deep time of the planetary: concepts like cosmism, geo-strata, the arche-fossil, and xenoism, are all testimony to this. But even phenomenologically, concepts like critical space, the empire of speed, grey ecology, and distance pollution have indicated the manner in which increasing speed collapses the distinction between the local, the national, the regional, the global, and the universal. Only the planetary is adequate for these transformations, and only the planetary, along with its transpatial correlates (planetary / transplanetary, galactic / transgalactic), will survive the coming transformations.


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